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South Korea News | Sex Workers

South Korean sex workers protest court ruling upholding criminalization of sex work
  • Pro-sex work activists protested the Constitutional Court’s decision to uphold a 2004 law that set punishments for both sex workers and customers, arguing it unfairly limits women’s economic opportunity and punishes poor clientele while paid relationships among the wealthy persist.
  • Sex workers and consumers face up to a year in jail or a fine of 3 million won ($2,600).
  • Activists say the ruling violates their right to work and announced intentions to petition the United Nations.

Read more:
South Korean Court Upholds Ban on Prostitution” (The New York Times)
South Korea prostitutes decry court ruling, demand right to work” (Reuters)
South Korea Upholds Tough Anti-Prostitution Laws” (AP via ABC News)

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